July 2010

July 9, 2010

NAMM Foundation’s 2011 Program Grant

The NAMM Foundation’s Phase I of its 2011 Program Grant initiative opened on June 15, 2010. The Foundation seeks to fund proposals for projects that further the music products industry’s mission of creating more active music makers of all ages and expanding access to music making.

The Foundation Program Grants support non-profit, public service music learning programs that, “motivate and inspire people of all ages to play music.”

To be considered for funding, a program representative must complete an initial Letter of Inquiry by the stated deadline, and meet all criteria and application requirements described in the guidelines. Programs implemented during the school day may supplement, but cannot replace core curriculum music education programs.#149;Selected applicants will then be invited to complete a full proposal during Phase II.

Phase I Letter of Inquiry submission deadline is September 30, 2010. To access Program Grant funding guidelines and details for submitting a Letter of Inquiry for consideration, interested parties should visit www.nammfoundation.org

Litchfield Jazz Camp’s Teach the Teacher

Teach the Teacher was developed by Litchfield Jazz Camp to help music teachers at all grade levels develop or expand effective strategies for educating their students about jazz. Held on the campus of Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, July 20 and 21, the workshop is open to music teachers and undergraduate music education students.

This inaugural program is led by saxophonist/composer/educator and music director of Litchfield Jazz Camp, Don Braden. Master teachers include baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, drummer Alvin Atkinson, trombonist Peter McEachern, pianist Helen Sung and alto saxophonist Kris Allen. They will provide tools to help music teachers take their jazz ensembles to the next level or to create a jazz ensemble if their school does not yet have one. Taking this course may help teachers accumulate professional development credit in their districts and meet National Standards in their classrooms. For Connecticut teachers, the course offers 1.2 continuing education units.

Teach the Teacher will tailor its instruction to both beginner and intermediate/advanced jazz teachers. Teachers will learn to help students develop clear goals for their musical expression, improve their rhythm, enhance basic piano skills, blend more effectively in an ensemble setting, practice more productively, and more. The faculty will also help teachers sharpen their jazz theory skills and refresh their desire to teach jazz. Participants are invited to a faculty concert on July 20 followed by jam sessions, all included in the workshop fee. Workshop fee is $250 for teachers and $200 for undergraduate music education students.

For more information, visit www.litchfieldjazzcamp.com.

Berklee College Visits Nairobi, Kenya

Berklee College of Music visited Kenya, June 28 to July 5, for the second straight year to hold events that included auditions and interviews for scholarship opportunities, music education outreach, workshops, and clinics for area musicians and educators. The programs were conducted by a team comprised of faculty members Dan Moretti and Ron Reid of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department, Michael Shaver from Admissions, Sam Skau from International Programs, and student ambassador Joey Guglielmo.

The auditions part of Berklee’s Africa Scholars Program offering talented musicians from across the continent the chance to be awarded scholarships to attend the college are open to citizens of any African nation. Students and area musicians were also invited to attend harmony and performance clinics, and an ensemble class presented by Moretti and Reid in the afternoon. The day culminated with an early evening performance by Brookhouse students and Berklee faculty and alumni.

Candidates who audition in Kenya will be considered for a host of other scholarships that Berklee awards annually as part of its World Scholarship Tour, where the college visits more than 40 cities. The Africa Scholars Program is part of a larger effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented areas of the world, including Africa, China, India, and Cuba, fostering a significant cultural exchange.

For more information, visit www.berklee.edu.

Jazz Arts Group Awarded NAMM Grant

NAMM announced that the Jazz Arts Group (JAG) of Columbus, Ohio is one of 25 recipients worldwide to receive a NAMM Foundation Program Grant. The NAMM Foundation’s 2010-2011 program grants will allocate $585,000 in funding to support innovative community-based music learning programs that allow more people the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of active music-making. JAG will receive $5,000 to support a new program initiative entitled “Adventures: The Jazz Academy Reaches Out.”

NAMM Foundation Program Grants are available to non-profit public service organizations for innovative music education and hands-on music-making programs that reach and serve new audiences with new protocols. Since 1994, NAMM has supported worthy music-making initiatives through its grant program, providing $12.5 million in support.

For more information, visit www.jazzartsgroup.org.

Rochester Jazz Festival Launches Mobile Site for Smart Phones

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival launched a new mobile site for Internet-enabled mobile devices including the BlackBerry, iPhone, and other smart phones for their 2010 Festival, held in June.

The mobile site provided the latest news, daily schedules, venue information, artist information, jazz links, and the Festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages, offering information on artists including bios and photos, online ticket sales, e-newsletters, and electronic press kits from artists. Fans were also able to scan a QR Code (Quick Response) on signs around the Festival to download the Festival site instantly. QR codes are two-dimensional bar codes that help smart phone users easily view information.

For more information, visit www.rochesterjazz.com.

The Jazzschool’s Rising Stars Summer Series

Each summer, the Jazzschool, in Berkeley, Calif., celebrates the accomplishments of its students in the Rising Stars Summer Series. The 2010 Summer Series will include a performance, on July 30, from the Jazzschool High School Jazz Intensive students. The five-day jazz intensive program is for advanced high school jazz instrumentalists. Six to eight advanced high school musicians are selected to work closely with top Bay Area jazz artists for a week of rehearsals, master classes, and private lessons. The performance will feature the students, and the second set will feature members of the faculty, including Mike Zilber, saxophone; Erik Jekabson, trumpet; Peter Horvath, piano; John Shifflett, bass; and Jason Lewis, drums.

For more information, visit www.jazzschool.com.

Ornette Coleman Receives Honorary Doctorate of Music

Music legend Ornette Coleman received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor during the University’s 2010 commencement. The event also included a commencement address by President Barack Obama.

In 2007 Ornette Coleman was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2007 for his album Sound Grammar. In 2009 he became the 16th musician in history to be presented with the Miles Davis Award, in recognition for his regeneration of the jazz idiom. His recent 80th birthday in March was marked with a variety of tributes, from articles, to concerts, to all-day broadcasts of his music.

For more information, visit www.ornettecoleman.com.

The 39th Stanfor Jazz Festival Season

Stanford Jazz Festival’s 39th six-week long season begins at Stanford University, on June 25, with a night of Brazilian jazz, headlined by Grammy nominee Luciana Souza, and concludes on Saturday August 7 with pianist Taylor Eigsti’s concert celebrating his new Concord Jazz recording, Daylight at Midnight.

The Festival builds upon its association with Stanford Jazz Workshop’s summer Jazz Camp and Jazz Residency education programs. In honor of the Stanford Jazz Workshop’s dedication to the perpetuation of jazz, the Festival presents a series of themed concerts, honoring the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck, Django Reinhardt, Billy Strayhorn, and even Stevie Wonder. During the Ella Fitzgerald concert, singers Mary Stallings and Kenny Washington will be joined by teenage Workshop participants Laila Smith and Holly Smolik, to further strengthen the link between the Workshop’s jazz camps and the Festival stage.

For more information, visit www.stanfordjazz.org.

First Annual JEN Conference

The Phoenix Has Risen

The inaugural JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference, held Thursday May 20th through Saturday May 22 at the University of Missouri St. Louis, exceeded all expectations. The almost 1,300 attendees, who traveled to the gathering from over 14 countries, enjoyed performances, workshops, and speeches from some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz.

The event began on Thursday morning, with JEN president Mary Jo Papich calling a meeting of the board that aimed for “full transparency” by making the meeting public. The turnout to watch the board in action and ask questions was relatively strong and more trickled in throughout the two-hour meeting.

Jim Widner, conference host who was key in bringing the event to his hometown, welcomed every one and said he was overwhelmed by how many registered for the gathering. Papich, who had admitted she could not have predicted the response and would have been happy with two thirds of the final tally, said she was extremely pleased with how it all came together from the amount of talent on display to cooperation of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and even the Hilton hotel where most stayed. “We sold out two hotels just like that!” she said. “And we weren’t even going to have a conference this year!”

“We’re really excited about the registration numbers, but in addition to bringing people here, we’ve really tried to embrace the local community,” said president-elect Lou Fischer. Papich added that while they didn’t feel they had the resources to bring a lot of kids in, they desired to have an outreach program go out into the St. Louis area schools while the organization was in town.

She then yielded the floor to Phil Dunlap, who is director of education of Jazz St. Louis, a nonprofit organization support jazz performance and education. He reported that his committee, with help of board member Terrell Stafford and others, put a program together where they sent out nine clinicians into the metro-area schools. “There’s a lot going on to be proud of,” he said.

The ensuing days included over 50 exhibits, 48 top-notch performances, and 39 panels and clinics.

As keynote speaker (and recent JAZZed cover-subject) David Baker noted during his address on Friday, “The Phoenix has risen.”

Next year’s JEN Conference will take place in New Orleans from January 6 – 8. For more information on upcoming events and to join JEN, visit: www.JazzEdNet.org.

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